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The Middle of Things

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

In the heart of London, John Ashton--the man from Australia--has been murdered. It seems clear that the motive was not robbery, and as he apparently had no acquaintances in town, the exposure of the murderer...

An Amiable Charlatan

by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

"The thing happened so suddenly that I really had very little time to make up my mind what course to adopt under somewhat singular circumstances. I was seated at my favorite table against the wall on the right-hand...

The Sinister Man

The Shadow of the Wolf

The Great Impersonation

by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

Excerpt: The trouble from which great events were to come began when Everard Dominey, who had been fighting his way through the scrub for the last three quarters of an hour towards those thin, spiral wisps of...

The Lone Wolf

by Louis Joseph Vance

Rival members of the underworld, jealous of "Lone Wolf" Michael Lanyard's success as a jewel thief, threaten to reveal his true identity unless he surrenders his independence and joins their "pack." Instead,...

Twenty Rules For Writing Detective Stories

The Black Robe

by Wilkie Collins

A high ranking Catholic priest schemes to recover land considered Church property.

The Riddle of the Night

by Thomas W. Hanshew

A man mysteriously murdered at night, the figures 2x4 x 1x2 scrawled on his shirt front, a broken shoe-polish label beside him. Cleek solved it. Can you?

Ralestone Luck

by Andre Alice Norton

Rupert Ralestone is officially the Marquess of Lorne - but with no family money or prestige, the title is worthless. He and his younger brother and sister return to the old family homestead - Pirate’s Haven....

The Amateur Cracksman

by Ernest William Hornung

Arthur Raffles is a prominent member of London society, and a national sporting hero. As a cricketer he regularly represents England in Test matches. He uses this as a chance to commit a number of burgalries,...

The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow

by Anna Katharine Green

A woman's body is found in a museum gallery with an arrow through her chest, so all of the other visitors are locked inside while the crime is investigated.

The Green God

The Hollow Needle

by Maurice Leblanc

A story of Arsène Lupin, the greatest, most ingenious and most daring criminal in modern fiction.

The Borough Treasurer

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

A fine example of "Golden Age" detective stories.

The Beetle

by Richard Marsh

A fantastic creature, "born of neither god nor man," hypnotic and supernatural, stalks British politician Paul Lessingham through turn-of-the-century London. A classic tale of supernatural horror.

The Borough Treasurer

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

Blackmail, murder and the secret of an ancient quarry go to make a very exciting yarn.

The Quest of the Sacred Slipper

by Sax Rohmer

A novel from the creator of Fu Manchu about a mysterious muslim organization in pursuit.

The Black Box

by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

Excerpt: “You’re in luck, Alfred,” he declared. “That’s the most interesting man in New York—one of the most interesting in the world. That’s Sanford Quest.” “Who’s he?” “You haven’t...

Dr. Nikola Returns

by Guy Newell Boothby

In this second of Boothby's Dr. Nikola novels, adventurer Wilfred Bruce meets Dr. Nokola, who wants to hire Bruce to help him penetrate a secluded Chinese monastic society to obtain the occult secret for immortality....